Pussy Pedey Opts For BenchOr maybe an mp3 of talk radio hosts boasting that if they were able to come to work after stubbing their toe in the kitchen, then Pedroia can play a few hours of baseball?
Another "Soft Sock" Would Rather Sit
I'd really appreciate it.
While the front office stated that Dustin Pedroia would return to the lineup only if his broken foot was completely healed and he was pain-free, it seems that plan was disregarded and FY was perhaps rushed back into the lineup.
The Red Sox need his bat sooner rather than later if they are going to make a serious push for the playoffs, but risking further damage (and possibly the end of his career) is a short-sighted move. And it's a move that contradicts what Theo Epstein often says about having a player take the necessary time to heal rather than coming back too soon, playing ineffectively and getting hurt again. Like Pedroia did. Like Jacoby Ellsbury did. Like Mike Cameron did. Like Jacoby Ellsbury did (again). Pedroia was no doubt chomping at the bit to return, but the Sox have a responsibility to soberly assess the situation, both for 2010 and beyond.
In late July, Dr. Yocum warned Pedroia that he should let the injury fully heal before playing -- and Pedroia seemed to understand:
He kind of told me I can't play unless I feel no pain, which isn't good. ... I thought I could play, that if I feel hurt, you can just play through it. You really can't do that with this injury. ... That bone will break off, then they would have to put pins in it. It would be a disaster.Joe McDonald from ESPNBoston reports that Pedroia told the team he was pain-free while rehabbing and then he had only traditional x-rays -- not a CT scan -- before being cleared to play. After experiencing soreness and pain after playing two games, a CT scan was taken -- and, as Terry Francona noted "there's some healing to go".
It sure seems like Pedroia was not being honest when he said he had no pain and the team erred by not being as close to 100% sure that his foot was properly healed.
If the Red Sox had experienced half of the injuries it has gone through this season, we'd be shaking our heads at the absurdity of it all. What has actually happened is a shitshow of historical proportions. I thought the stampede to the DL in August 2006 would never be topped. Silly me.
And getting back to the media's reporting on Pedroia and Ellsbury, both young players had bone fractures, both returned ahead of schedule, both experienced additional pain or re-injury, and both returned to the DL. Yet the media presentation of their experiences could not be more different: we are told one is a malingering whiner allegedly hated by his teammates while the other is the very personification of a gritty gamer.